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Investment Policy Monitor



UNCTAD has been collecting information on changes in national foreign direct investment (FDI) policies on an annual basis since 1992. This collection has provided input to the analysis of global and regional investment policy trends in the World Investment Report, the quarterly Investment Policy Monitor (since 2009) and the UNCTAD-OECD Reports on G20 Measures.

In 2011, to further strengthen the quality of reporting, UNCTAD revised the methodology of monitoring investment policy measures. and revised the measures going back to 2000 accordingly.

The Investment Policy Monitor provides the international investment community with country-specific, up-to-date information about the latest developments in foreign investment policies.

Through its monitoring of investment policy changes, UNCTAD offers cutting-edge and innovative contributions to investment policy discourse, and contributes to preparing the ground for future policymaking in the interest of making foreign investment work for growth and development.

Note: the policy measures are identified through a systematic review of government and business intelligence sources. Measures are verified, to the fullest extent possible, by referencing government sources. The compilation of measures is not exhaustive.

Disclaimer: the boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.

Number of policy measures per economy (since Jan 01, 2010)
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Investment Policy  Measures

There are a total of 897 results

Nov 15, 2018
PhilippinesInvestment rules relaxed to attract foreign direct investment

Under a new version of the government's "negative list", published on 29 October 2018, foreigners are now allowed to invest up to 40 percent of equity in contracts for the construction and repair of locally-funded public-works projects, ...

Nov 09, 2018
South AfricaDefense Sector Code adopted

The sector codes were gazetted by the Minister of Trade and Industry in November 2018 to enable, inter alia, sector specific transformation of the defence industry. The key highlight of the sector code stipulates that companies must ...

Nov 08, 2018
MyanmarForeign banks are allowed to provide commercial services to local businesses

According to notification No. 6/2018 released on 8 November 2018, the Central Bank of Myanmar allowed all branches of foreign banks to provide commercial services such as financing and other banking services to local businesses.

Oct 30, 2018
Burkina FasoNew investment Code adopted

The law was adopted on 30 October 2018. Its scope has been extended to clean and renewable energy actors, as well as to the protection of the environment. The incentive to invest in strategic activity sectors such as green energy, ...

Oct 26, 2018
NamibiaScraping of black ownership rules for mining exploration licences

Namibia scrapped in October 2018 a requirement for companies seeking mining exploration licences to be partly owned and managed by black Namibians. The policy was introduced in 2015 to increase the participation of historically disadvantaged ...

Latest Publications

Publication article
Dec 07, 2018

Investment Policy Monitor No. 20

The new Monitor finds that 29 countries took 49 investment policy measures from May to October 2018. The ratio of new investment restrictions and regulations stood at 30 percent over the first ten months of 2018, which is the highest figure since 2010.

Publication article
Nov 22, 2018

Twentieth Report on G20 Investment Measures

The joint UNCTAD-OECD Report indicates that investment policy measures taken by G20 Members show a mixed picture. While some point towards greater openness for foreign investment and the easing of conditions for international capital flows, especially where enterprise investment is concerned, others introduce new investment restrictions.